Open burning releases smoke and air pollution that may be harmful to public health, and residents must exercise caution when conducting burning operations. Burning during windy or unsafe conditions frequently results in escaped fires and residents can receive misdemeanor citations and/or be billed for suppression costs.
CAL FIRE and APCD urges residents to carefully follow the conditions stated on their permits or seek alternatives to burning, such as green-waste disposal, chipping and composting. Chief Robert Lewin says “We appreciate the public’s patience and understanding of why we have had to restrict burning for so long during this unusually difficult drought. We will continually evaluate weather and fuel conditions and provide as many opportunities as we can for residents to safely conduct burning”.